Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious west African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries.
Also a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalists, Sona is one of the most exciting new talents from the West African Griot tradition to hit the stage in recent years.
SONA JOBARTEH SHOOTS DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO IN THE GAMBIA
Kora sensation Sona Jobarteh has spent the month of June shooting her debut music video for the song entitled “The Gambia”. It is one of the most important projects that the Kora player has embarked upon in recent times. Written this year by the singer, the track was filmed by an accomplished crew who flew from Seattle, USA, to undertake this crucial project. Director Jacob Bain and cameraman Robert Frost shot in a wide range of locations in The Gambia to capture the sense of the nation’s endowed rich cultural heritage.
SONA - CURATOR OF BRAVE FESTIVAL, POLAND
Sona recently finalised her work as curator of the Brave Festival this year, an annual international music Festival. This 11th edition of the Festival was dedicated to the role of the Griot, and Sona was elected by Festival Director Grzegorz Bral to lead this year's edition as curator and artistic director. Bringing artists such as Kasse Mady Diabaté, Balla Kouyate, Ballake Sissoko and Vieux Farka Touré, Sona succeeded in bringing together an outstanding festival programme which was treasured by the Polish audiences.
SONA PERFORMS FIRST FULL-LENGTH CONCERT WITH HER FATHER SANJALLY JOBARTEH
History was made last month when Sona performed her first full length concert with her father at the grand Theatre Polski in Poland to a packed audience. This exclusive Kora duet performance saw father and daughter performing both ancient and modern music from the Manding repertoire.
SONA'S MUSIC SCHOOL IN THE GAMBIA: STUDENTS HOLD PUBLIC PERFORMANCE
The students of the ABJ Music School in the Gambia gave their public performance following a 6-week drum course for students aged 8-12 years old. The first set of custom-made djimbe drums for the school was officially bought in June with money the school has raised from donations.